Three things we noticed from Celtic's Europa League squad
Celtic’s squad for the Europa League has been confirmed, with some new additions to the squad being made and some players dropping out.
The squad is available for all to see on the UEFA website, and the players that are in the squad will feature for the Hoops when they take on Copenhagen in the last 32 of the competition in two weeks time.
Here are three things we noticed from the squad that has been selected by Neil Lennon:
STEPHEN WELSH COULD BE NOTABLE INCLUSION
It is interesting to see Stephen Welsh, who was on loan at Morton in the first-half of the season, included in the squad list.
The centre-back recently made his first-team debut for the Hoops against Hamilton, and turned in an excellent display.
Perhaps Neil Lennon was so impressed with Welsh’s performance that he decided to include him in the squad. Who knows, he may even feature against Copenhagen, if Celtic’s injury problems at the back persist.
That would be a real test for the player. However, the Hoops boss seems to rate him highly, and that is good enough.
JEREMIE FRIMPONG WILL GET HIS CHANCE TO SHINE
He is still recovering from an ankle injury, but it is no surprise to see Jeremie Frimpong named in the Europa League squad.
The right-back wasn’t named in the original Europa League squad, as he probably wasn’t thought of as a player who would make the breakthrough to the first-team this season.
However, since making his first-team breakthrough Frimpong has been superb for Celtic, and now after showing all of Scotland how good he is the starlet can show the rest of Europe how good he is.
It is a real bonus for Celtic to have him in the squad, and hopefully he overcomes his injury in time to take part in the first leg against Copenhagen on the 20th of February.
NEW BHOYS MAKE THE CUT, BUT WILL THEY FEATURE?
It was no real surprise to see Celtic’s two January signings – Patryk Kliamala and Ismiala Soro – make the list. However, the question has to be asked about how much game time the duo will get in the competition?
You would have to think that of the two, Kilmala is more likely to get playing time, as he seems to be Celtic’s current third choice striker.
Soro will have a job on his hands to make the team, as Scott Brown and Callum McGregor are almost always picked in the middle of the park for the Hoops.
However, it still makes sense for both players to be included in the squad, as you don’t spend over £5 million on two players to leave them out of the later stages of the Europa League.